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Asharoken Village Hall
1 Asharoken Avenue
Asharoken, NY 11768
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Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:
August 18, 2017
I am saddened to report the passing of former Asharoken Police Department Officer-in-Charge Henry Brooks. Henry served with distinction as an Officer in the department for many years prior to his promotion to OIC. He was instrumental in helping make the APD such a fine police force and his mentorship of the Village’s present OIC, Ray Mahdesian, made for a seamless transition at the time of Henry’s retirement. Thank you Henry for your dedication to the residents of Asharoken. On behalf of the Village I send my condolences out to the Brook’s family.
The Village will be replacing the check valve in the storm water drain pipe located behind Village Hall. The new in-line check valve is designed to prevent salt water from entering the storm water drain pipe during astronomically high tides and storms to prevent back flooding of Asharoken Avenue. The new in-line check valve is easy to maintain and has worked well in other municipalities. The project will begin in the next several weeks.
In 2016 the Village applied for a highway improvement grant through Senator Marcellino’s Office. This week the Village received confirmation that Asharoken has been awarded a DASNY grant of $50,000 through New York State. The Village also received confirmation of its portion of the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) funding for 2017-2018. Both the grant and CHIPS funding will be used to repave a portion of Asharoken Avenue; the fourth phase of our highway improvement project. Our plan is to do the project this fall. I would like to thank New York State Senator Carl Marcellino for all his assistance with the DASNY grant for Asharoken.
Over the last five years the Village has received approximately $1,400,000 in Federal, State and other aid allowing Asharoken to dramatically improve its infrastructure while keeping tax increases at very low levels.
I wish everyone a great weekend.
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:
August 8, 2017
During the Board of Trustees meeting held on August 1, the Mayor's report included information that I felt was important
enough to share with the entire Village. This information pertains to the seawall which is located at the far end of
Asharoken Avenue. For those of you who are new to the Village, the seawall was constructed and completed in 1995 to
1997 by the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). The construction took place after the Nor’easter of 1992 that destroyed the dunes protecting
Asharoken Avenue. The design level of protection was expected to be approximately 15 years. It was repaired three
times between 2007 through 2012.
In early June, during our periodic inspection of the seawall, we noticed that towards the center of the seawall a
large depression (sink hole) was developing landward of the seawall. We immediately reported the condition and
sent photos to the NYSDEC and USACE. This new development could potentially be a very serious problem and jeopardize
the entire seawall. In spite of the NYSDEC’s best efforts, the Army Corps of Engineers did not follow up with an
inspection in June or even early July. I sent a second notification in the form of a letter dated July 15 directly
to the new Commander of the New York District Office of the USACE, Colonel Asbery. I explained our concern for the
safety and well-being of several thousand Asharoken and Town of Huntington residents and enumerated the consequences
of the potential failure of the seawall, and asked that the USACE evaluate the situation as soon possible.
Click here to read a the full letter.
Congressman Tom Suozzi received a copy of the July 15 letter. I also reached out to the Congressman by phone and he
immediately contacted the USACE. His intervention was critical in getting the USACE to schedule an inspection of the
seawall by two engineers on July 27th. Congressman Suozzi has discussed with me how important it is to find a long-term
solution to the seawall and that he will strongly advocate on behalf of everyone who depends on it. In April one
of the steel caps separated from the seawall during a storm. I notified the Congressman and he immediately organized
a large meeting in May with the Town of Huntington, USACE, NYSDEC, Coast Guard and other agencies to begin working
towards a plan to repair the wall. There is no doubt that resolving the seawall problem is a top priority for Congressman Suozzi.
The engineer's preliminary summary of the situation was that the depression (sink hole) is likely to progressively
enlarge; the cause of the seawall damage is due to severe erosion of the shoreline fronting the seawall and the
engineers recommend re-construction of the seawall and shoreline erosion control measures. Later this month a full
scale inspection will take place. I will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available.
Mayor Greg Letica
New York State Shared Services Program
The Suffolk County Shared Services team will be holding three public hearings on the Suffolk County Shared Services Plan. Governor Cuomo began the Shared Services Initiative requiring that each county in New York State present a plan to promote property tax savings through the sharing of services by local municipalities. The public hearings will allow input from the public on the draft shared service plan.
Click here to read the Draft Shared Services Plan.
First hearing: Wednesday, August 30, 7pm to 9pm
Brookhaven Town Hall
1 Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
Second hearing: Wednesday, September 6, 11am to 2pm
Islip Town Hall West
401 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751
Third hearing: Tuesday, September 12, 11am to 2pm
Riverhead County Center, Legislative Auditorium
300 Center Drive Riverhead, NY 11901
Board of Trustees Meeting September 5, 2017
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:30pm.
To view the full schedule of Board of Trustees meetings, click on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or
Except as otherwise noted, all Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY. Work session meetings are held at 3pm. All meetings are open to the public.
July, August 2017 Meeting Minutes Online
The following meeting minutes of the Asharoken Board of Trustees are now online:
Minutes are posted on this website as they become available.
Contact the Village Clerk if you have any questions.
Archived minutes, as well as the full Board of Trustees meeting schedule, can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or
Kayak Rack Installed at Village Hall
At their July 11 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the Village's first kayak rack along with the Kayak Rack License Agreement and a user fee of $25. The rack has been set up at Village Hall for seasonal use by property owners. There are twenty slots available on a first come, first serve basis. An application must first be completed and submitted along with the seasonal fee of $25 to the Village Clerk. The season runs from Memorial Day to November 1.